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4:00 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Trends Comes To Web Sites: Trends For Web Sites  —  Google has launched a major addition to Google Trends named Trends for Web Sites.  Trends for Web Sites extends Google Trends by enabling you to search for web site addresses, as opposed to just searching for trends by keyword.
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Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A new layer to Google Trends  —  Written by R.J. Pittman, Director of Product Management - Consumer Search Properties  —  Two years ago, we launched Google Trends, a tool that lets anyone see what the world is searching for, and compare the world's interest in your favorite topics.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo The Failure: Myth Versus Reality  —  As SS Yahoo appears to be sinking, let me be the contrarian about her future.  I admit, I find it as hard to believe as anyone that Yahoo has much life left in it after all executive departures this week, plus the latest news of Delicious founder Joshua Schacter going.
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
It Gets Worse: Joshua Schachter Leaving Yahoo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
There Can Be Only Two (Maybe Three)!
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
The iPhone's Next Frontier: Porn  —  Apple may be golden because of the iPhone, but the soon-to-be updated device is also increasingly the source of forbidden fruit.  Steve Jobs' company is keeping a civil, if embarrassed, silence about one of the potentially most lucrative and controversial uses of its hand-held jewel: porn.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The ‘Jailbreak’ Market?  Maybe Not (AAPL)  —  Conventional wisdom is that once Apple (AAPL) starts selling apps for the iPhone and iPod touch next month, people will stop “jailbreaking” their phones so they can install unofficial third-party apps.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and CrunchGear
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Settles Dispute with Drudge Retort  —  Late Thursday night, AP issued the following statement after a day-long discussion of the DMCA takedowns issued to the Drudge Retort that reached all the way up to the company's top management: … I'm glad that my personal legal dispute with the AP is resolved …
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Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Back Story AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms  —  In what may close one chapter and signal the beginning of another, the AP and Rogers Cadenhead of Drudge Retort have come to resolution on their dispute while leaving unresolved the central source of conflict in the case …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft rules out post-Yahoo buying spree  —  Microsoft will not try to make up for its failed move on Yahoo with a spate of other internet acquisitions, according to the top executives behind its online strategy.  —  Speculation about Microsoft's next move has been rife since Yahoo …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Microsoft Doesn't Want Your App Startup  —  In an interview published this morning in the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wouldn't be looking to pick up any other Internet companies just because the Yahoo deal failed.  One can only imagine how far shares of Facebook …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Clickety Clack
Charles Miller / BBC:
The secret of Bill Gates' success  —  From schoolboy to software titan, Bill Gates on how it all started  —  As Bill Gates prepares to end his full-time work at Microsoft, he tells the BBC in an interview that it wasn't just what Microsoft did, but what his rivals didn't do that let Microsoft get ahead.
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Financial Times:
Transcript: Steve Ballmer of Microsoft  —  FINANCIAL TIMES: So, you finally got rid of that other guy.  Now we want to know what you're going to do.  —  STEVE BALLMER: Onward and upward, baby.  Onward and upward.  —  FT: What does it mean to lose Bill Gates from his full-time role?
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Seesmic raises another $6M for video comments  —  Seesmic, a startup that allows users to post short video comments and snippets, has raised $6 million in a second round of funding.  The new round was led by Omidyar Network, the firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Wellington Partners.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC leak reveals specs, new casing  —  Remember that tidy little bamboo-encased mini PC Dell showed off in April?  Well apparently the company is at work on a variant of the diminutive system, dubbed the Studio Hybrid.  In addition to forgoing the eco-friendly wood …
Joey Celis / Download Squad:
Firefox 3 vulnerability, 8 million people affected!  —  If you were one of those 8 million people that downloaded Firefox 3 the other day be aware that Tipping Point DVLabs has announced a vulnerability in Mozilla's latest browser.  —  Details are unknown but in order for this exploit to work …
Discussion: Startup Meme
Frank Harris / Google News Blog:
Testing... testing... is this on?  —  Over the course of the next few weeks, you may notice a few changes to Google News... or maybe not.  You see, we'll be running some experiments on the look and feel of our site, based on an accumulation of user research and feedback, as well as the evolving state of online journalism.
InfoWorld:
Security vendors report ‘critical’ Trojan exploit for Mac  —  SecureMac and Intego are separately reporting the existence of a new security threat for Mac, claiming the existence of multiple variants of a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
New eBay strategy angers small sellers  —  For years, eBay Inc. espoused an egalitarian view that all of its sellers should be treated equally.  —  But these days, the online marketplace is increasingly taking an opposite tack by offering discounts to its biggest sellers, hoping to lure more of their business.
Discussion: NYT and Leigh's Blitherings
 
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Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Story of a Peanut: The TiVo Remote's Untold Past, Present and Future
Discussion: NewTeeVee and PVRblog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Arrington Analyzes Yahoo on ABC
Discussion: WebProNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Motorola: Market Shr Eroding, No Turnaround In Sight
New Scientist:
Tequila is surprise raw material for diamond films
Discussion: Gizmodo
Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
I know what you downloaded last week
Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Workplace Text-Messaging Ruling Wows Privacy Advocates
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Gadgetell
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing Om 2.0: The Avatar
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
Network Solutions Newsroom:
Network Solutions Encourages ICANN to Adopt Transaction Fee …
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Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Preview - G92b at 55nm
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Closure of Chinese Online-Video Site Sparks Concern
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
CNET News.com:
Broadband Speed Test
Discussion: Engadget
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Study: Social networks may subvert ‘digital divide’
Discussion: The Social Times
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google “Sometimes” Case Sensitive When Searching + The Rest
The Independent:
Facebook faux pas: The geek's guide to netiquette
Fortune:
Selling big business on the iPhone